Press Release

Christie Upgrades Visual Display System For Full Mission Bridge Simulator At Marine Institute

Christie Matrix Simulation Projectors Deliver Superior Image for Unique, 360-Degree Floating Spherical Screen

I/ITSEC/Orlando, FL - (November 29, 2005) – Christie, a leading provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment, industry and government, announced that it has installed a state-of-the-art display system to replace the existing CRT technology for the Full Mission Bridge (FMB) simulator at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland.  The upgrade includes10 powerful Christie Matrix 3000 simulation projectors, which feature next-generation SXGA+ DLP® display technology and Christie’s innovative ChristieTWIST™ image warping and enhanced edge-blending module. 

Additionally, Christie is integrating a comprehensive control system, designed around ChristieNET™ network-based functionality, as part of a system optimization component. The control system will be customized to configure the display depending on specific application requirements. The upgrade also includes design of a custom projector support structure, engineered to allow for movement of the ship bridge mockup.  The FMB is the only one in North America in which the ship bridge is mounted on a motion platform.  Christie is performing all integration work related to the display.

The Marine Institute is a post-secondary institute specializing in career programs related to the fisheries and marine industry.  Its Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) comprises of seven marine simulation facilities that cover an entire range of training, educational, and research and development capabilities.  The FMB is part of a modeling and simulation system used extensively for training in a variety of scenarios that replicate harsh environments at various times of days, including full daylight and nighttime, as well as extreme winter and arctic environments.  The 24-foot (7.3m) tall screen provides a 360-degree horizontal field of view on a compound curved surface. 

“The FMB offers highly detailed, real-world simulations to help us better understand how to overcome the challenges of a variety of unique marine environments without risking life and vessel,” said Captain Anthony Patterson, Director of the Centre for Marine Simulation.  “The graphic quality of the old CRT projectors no longer met the high standards of excellences for which the Institute is recognized.  We chose Christie because they provided us with a highly customized solution and wide range of quality products that met our precise needs.” 

“The CMS represents the world's latest developments in marine simulation.  The upgrade is part of the innovative Christie TotalVIEW solution which comprises of comprehensive product offerings and customer-driven service backed by the industry’s most experienced professionals,” remarked David Fluegeman, Vice President, Visual Environments, Christie.


About Christie

Christie designs, builds and integrates customized visual solutions to meet the most exacting visual requirements of organizations within energy, military training and simulation, manufacturing and design, pharmaceutical, aerospace, government agencies, and entertainment sectors. Christie sets the benchmark for high performance DLP® projection systems used in advanced visualization as well as simulation environments. Christie solutions are found in major global corporations such as Airbus Industries, Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Fraunhofer Institute, Italian Army, Los Alamos National Laboratories, NASA, Shell, US Air Force and the University of Illinois, Urbana. For more information about Christie and its diverse array of visual environments solutions, visit www.christiedigital.com.